5 Alternative Chair Styles for Your Wedding

Are you having second thoughts about the banquetting chairs at your venue and looking at chair covers as a solution? Just wait a second and read on, because for a modern bride chair covers are no longer the all rounded solution they used to be. Why?

To start off, they are quite expensive to hire - from £1 on Gumtree to up to £10 for classier alternatives with bows (oh and nevermind delivery), sometimes it could be cheaper to hire completely new chairs. On the practical side someone needs to actually put them on and take them off and you also run a high risk of covers and sashes slipping off through the night. But most importantly, let's face it - they are tablecloths for chairs! That's hardly any bride's dream (unless we are considering nightmares). So let's run through 5 alternative wedding chair styles for your big day!

1. Chiavari Chairs - For a traditional and classy bride.

Perfect tune to walk down the aisle of these: Nothing original here, just How Long Will I Love You (girls will agree).

Going back very very far (here is the Kennedy family using them for their wedding, so they must be good enough if Jackie picked them!) this style is a very traditional choice of an alternative wedding chair. Imitating bamboo, the legs and backs are a simple, yet pretty design that won't clutter your space. If you are dead set on chair covers, these chairs also offer lace cape-like covers for the backs that are a welcomed stylish twist on stark white full chair covers (like lace lingerie vs your grannies cotton underpants). Want even more choice? These come in a whole array of colours. Hire Chiavari chairs in limewash colour for a natural understated look or go gold for more impact if it matches your decor. Both styles available for hire here and will set you back only £3.50-£4 per chair.

Photography: Lena Kozhina Photography

Photography: Lena Kozhina Photography

2. Ghost Chairs - For a modern minimalist bride.

Perfect tune to walk down the aisle of these: Go equally modern science fiction and try Across the Stars Theme from Starwars.

An iconic creation by Philippe Starck (not to be confused with Iron Man but equally famous - more information about Ghost chairs here) these chairs in Louis and Vicoria styles mimic the traditional chair shapes and re-imagine what a modern chair looks like with clean lines and modern perspex. Completely transparent, these chairs have very little in common with being invisible. In fact, they open a whole load of possibilities in terms of themes, decorations and seasons. Equally suitable for winter and summer, indoor or outdoor, in a simplistic and clean environment or paired with a grand antique chateux - these chairs are a very well-rounded alternative if you like the idea of being different. With a price tag of just £5-£6 per chair depending on the style here it's crystal clear that you need them for your wedding! See what I did there?

Photography: Cecelina Tornberg Photography

Photography: Cecelina Tornberg Photography

3. Masters Chair - For design-savvy brides who seek art in furniture.

Perfect tune to walk down the aisle of these: An alternative to classic music is modern day composers like Kai Engel.

You thought the ghost chair was pushing the boundaries between chairs and modern art? Well, here is a Masters chair - a crowning jewel of furniture design that is picking up the trend in the UK - this chair will make a real statement. A trio of designs joined into one, it is smarter than it looks at first sight, but you don't need to be an architect to appreciate how different and fresh these chairs look in the wedding setting. Beautiful on it's own, you wouldn't need heavy decor to really give your venue a twist. Again made from resin this chair works flexibly in a variety of settings. What's more, if having your wedding day looking like TATE Modern exhibition doesn't give you the buzz, these also come in shiny metallics or transparent perspex (a perfect union with the Ghost chair if you are stuck between the two). At £7 each here you are getting not just a chair, but a piece of history with this modern creation. Going perspex will set you back an extra £1 and gold plated £3, but contrary to a popular proverb - if it's shining it's probably gold, so go for it.

Photography: Cecelina Tornberg Photography

Photography: Cecelina Tornberg Photography

Photography: Cecelina Tornberg Photography

Photography: Cecelina Tornberg Photography

 4. Crossback Oak Chair - For the rustic bride with a soft spot for industrial style and the great outdoors.

Perfect tune to walk down the aisle of these: Strike a cord with Jose Gonzalez for ultimate wedding nostalgia.

The crossback chair is somewhat of an ode to foreign wedding fashion popularised by blogs and magazines - Australia and the USA have been falling head over heals in love with this chair style for years already. Looking stunning in sandstone villas, scattered on beaches and perched under gorgeous vineyards - there couldn't be a more organic chair to match the beauty of nature even if we wanted to create one from scratch. However, the British Isles are not as charming when it comes to weather patterns and maybe this is the reason this gorgeous chair spends most of its time in the shade of its rivals. But don't give up on it just yet - it is also an ideal match to the industrial and rustic themes that are becoming overwhelmingly popular across the country. Think barns with dark oak beams and warehouses lit with rustic Edissons - this chair has bags of character. If you want to give it a chance for £6 per chair pick your lot up right here right now.

Via Brides.com

Via Brides.com

Via Brides.com

Via Brides.com

5. Wedding Church Pews - For a bride that wants something special that money still can buy.

Perfect tune to walk down the aisle of these: You deserve some Bach in your life if you get these.

If you read through the whole of the above and came this far without completely dismissing the idea of hiring chair covers, this number will blow your socks off and hopefully put to rest any trepidation about getting covers of any kind. Bespoke furniture is best suited to small weddings or ceremonies or works if it is diluted with other matching seating options. But how can you look at this beauty and not find yourself immediately drawn to the antique wood and carved backs? I don't know! Gorgeous, elegant and oozing style these wedding church pews have no rivals in making your space look like a-million-pounds and won't disappoint. Who wouldn't want to feel like a Queen of a castle? Count me in with these Church pews available at £100 per pew (seats 8 to 10) right here.

Photographer: Lucy Davenport, Styling: Kerry Poulter

Photographer: Lucy Davenport, Styling: Kerry Poulter

Photographer: Lucy Davenport, Styling: Kerry Poulter

Photographer: Lucy Davenport, Styling: Kerry Poulter

Until recently, the UK wedding scene really wasn't on top of it's game, but times have changed and there isn't any need to cover things up, unless you really really (wait for it) really want to :) All our chairs are available across the UK with all inclusive prices (*but delivery fee may vary depending on your location) so if you have fund something and want to learn more get in touch on info@wedhead.co.uk or call on +44 (0)20 7624 0200.